WASHINGTON, September 11, 2015 – A shroud of mystery still surrounds the events of Sept, 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.
Graceland radio host Jennifer Meadows and TJ O’Hara, principal political analyst for the Independent Voter Network, Kris Paronto, former Army Ranger and one of the sources of “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
Paronto shares his first-hand experience during the Battle of Benghazi. Paronto, one of the contractors with the CIA security team, fought off terrorists for more than 13 hours, saving more than 20 lives.
There has been much controversy about whether U.S. officials issued a stand down order to security forces on the ground who were trying to defend American lives. Both the CIA and the State Department have said they did not issue a stand down order.
Instead, they say they instructed security teams to wait.
According to Paronto, a stand down order was given. In fact, Paronto says almost 30 minutes passed between the time they received the order and the time he and team member Tyrone Woods decided to defy the directive. The last transmission from the mission compound read: “They’re starting to light the building on fire. You need to get here.”
That message prompted Paronto and Woods to fight.
The battle claimed the lives of the Benghazi Four: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, U.S. Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and American Sean Smith.
As we approach the anniversary of Sept. 11, there is much that remains unclear about the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. Three years have passed and yet the Obama administration, the U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense refuse to call it an act of terror.
Listen in as Paronto tells his story of how the events unfolded.
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